** Airs Saturday, December 13 at 11 a.m. ** The 2014-15 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Richard Wagner’s comedy about romance and music-making in 16th-century Germany, conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. German baritone Michael Volle stars as the mastersinger and cobbler Hans Sachs, with South African heldentenor Johan Botha as the knight Walther von Stolzing and German soprano Annette Dasch as Eva.
Airs Saturday, April 19 at 12 noon. The 2013-14 Metropolitan Opera Radio Broadcast season continues with a live broadcast of Richard Strauss’s elegant romance Arabella. Philippe Auguin conducts a cast full of debuting artists. Swedish soprano Malin Byström, who made a notable Met debut in Gounod’s Faust two seasons ago, sings the role of the levelheaded, yet idealistic Arabella. German baritone Michael Volle, a leading exponent of dramatic baritone roles in Europe, has made his Met debut this season as Arabella's suitor Mandryka. Also new to the Met this season are soprano Juliane Banse, who sings the role of Arabella's sister Zdenka, tenor Roberto Saccà as Matteo, and bass-baritone Martin Winkler as Count Waldner. Arabella will be heard live over the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.